Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's story, this Oscar-winning musical stars Barbra Streisand as Yentl, the bookish daughter of a Talmud teacher who instructs her even though it's forbidden to teach the sacred text to girls. Determined to continue her schooling after her father dies, Yentl disguises herself as a boy to gain entry to a yeshiva. There, she meets the brilliant Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), who only has eyes for Hadass (Amy Irving).
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- Barbra Streisand
- 1984 Razzie® Awards
- 1984 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Director (Motion Picture)
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- 1984 Academy Award®
- Best Music Score
- Best Art Direction nominee
- Best Music Song nominee
- Best Supporting Actress nominee: Amy Irving
PGAdult content, brief nudity and mild violence
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's extended cut with added scenes from Barbra's archive; director's commentary; Introduction by Barbra Streisand.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that because the basic plot involves a teen girl disguised as a young man, there are numerous scenes that place Yentl in embarrassing and uncomfortable situations, some of them with sexual overtones (i.e., Yentl being in the presence of several young men as they strip and jump naked into a pond). Though there is no actual sexual activity, the "marriage" ceremony performed between Yentl and another young woman is taken seriously by the "bride" and she attempts to make love to her husband, unaware that it is Yentl, a girl. These scenes are presented in a gentle way and do not emphasize sexuality. There is occasional wine drinking both in social situations and for religious ceremonial purposes.
- Sexual Content
- Some bare male bottoms seen from rear as a group of young men dive into a pond. One scene suggests a naked young man is standing in front of a young woman, however, since the woman is disguised as a "boy," the man is not aware of his inappropriate behavior. She's embarrassed and looks away. Multiple sequences in which a young bride behaves in a shyly seductive manner in the bedroom, unaware that the "groom" is a girl in disguise. One gentle kiss.
- Not applicable
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Although the film's heroine is a girl who "dishonestly" disguises herself as a boy, her reasons are honorable. Overall, the film holds that courage, integrity, compassion, and striving to do one's best are values of the highest order. The main thematic message is that it's righteous and important to fight for individual liberty rather than accept a role dictated by religious and/or cultural prejudices. Though set in the very early 20th century and made in the 1980s, the issues raised here are as relevant today as ever.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some pipe smoking, moderate amount of wine drunk at dinner and on social occasions, shots of whiskey with no drunkenness.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it